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Education projects dominate shortlist for Wales's best building

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The four projects vying to be crowned Wales’s best building have been revealed, with educational buildings making up half the list

The shortlist for the National Eisteddfod of Wales’s Gold Medal for Architecture includes two schools, the three-storey Rhyl High School, Denbighshire, by AHR; and the £40 million Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot, by Stride Treglown.

It also features a university building, the £44 million Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) by IBI Group.

The shortlist is completed by the five-bed Silver House on the Gower Peninsula by Wales and Netherlands-based Hyde + Hyde Architects. The Silver House recently won Best Building of 2017 at the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) awards, as well as the RSAW award for Architecture, and its award for Client of the Year. 

Commenting on the shortlist, RWAS director Mary Wrenn said: ‘The 2017 shortlist demonstrates that Welsh architects are consistently producing high-quality, well-considered buildings at all scales.’

The shortlist was chosen by architects Gwyn Lloyd Jones of Studio Egret West and Geraint Roberts from DarntonB3.

Lloyd Jones said: ‘During a period of uncertainty and change within our political and cultural landscape, where the traditional is being challenged by extremes of division and difference, it has been our pleasure to review and celebrate a range of architectural projects in 2017 where the ambitions and design realisation of schemes have sought to enrich the lives and wellbeing of individuals or communities through engagement and cooperation.’ 

The National Eisteddfod of Wales’ Gold Medal for Architecture will be announced on 5 August 2017 at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Anglesey.

Last year the award was picked up by Hall + Bednarczyk’s Llandegfedd Visitor and Watersports Centre near Pontypool. 

The shortlist 

  • Rhyl High School, Denbighshire, by AHR
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan, Port Talbot, by Stride Treglown
  • CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre), Cardiff, by IBI Group
  • Silver House, Southgate, Gower, by Hyde + Hyde Architects













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